1 teaspoon Ultra Fine GMO-free vitamin C powder
1/2 Tsp Bob`s Red Mill Bi Carb Soda
1 teaspoon filtered or purified water
1½ tablespoons aloe vera gel
⅛ teaspoon vitamin E oil
1 drop frankincense essential oil
Using a bowl and a whisk, blend vitamin C powder, Bi Carb soda and filtered water. Bi Carb soda makes the mix PH neutral.
Add the aloe vera gel. Blend again.
Add the vitamin E oil and frankincense. Mix all ingredients until well blended.
Using a funnel, transfer the serum into small amber bottle to help reduce light exposure.
Apply at night, making sure to remove in the morning since it can cause sensitivity when exposed to the sun.
You may want to start with every other night to make sure your skin responds well. Results are usually noticeable within a few weeks up to 3 months.
1. Prevents Changes Due to Photoaging
Because vitamin C is a potent antioxidant, it’s a great option to treat and prevent effects of photoaging. A study of 19 patients between the ages of 36 and 72 years who had Fitzpatrick skin types I, II and III, and mild to moderately photodamaged facial skin were assessed. The study showed significant improvements by about 68–74 percent improvement in their skin after three months of use of ascorbic acid application. The review showed significant improvement in fine wrinkles, texture and skin tone of photodamaged skin. (2)
2. Reduces Hyperpigmentation
Though hyperpigmentation is relatively harmless, it can cause those unsightly dark spots on the skin, especially the face and hands. Basically, patches of skin appear darker in color. This happens when there is an excess of melanin that creates deposits in the skin.
You may have heard of age or “liver” spots. These are the visible signs of hyperpigmentation and typically caused by damaging sun exposure. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps brighten the skin through what is called tyrosinase inhibitors. These little inhibitors help prevent the development of excessive amounts of melanin. (3) (4)
3. Provides Essential Collagen Support
Vitamin C helps develop healthy collagen by teaming up with certain enzymes that are responsible for the effectiveness of collagen molecules. As such, it helps provide support for connective tissue plus the healing of wounds and blemishes on the skin.
Additionally, vitamin C plays a role in collagen synthesis by enhancing the collagen “gene expression” and overall regulation of collagen synthesis. Scurvy, as mentioned above, is due to impaired collagen synthesis — or the result of too little vitamin C. While scurvy is not heard of as much today, it brings awareness to the power of a DIY vitamin C serum for the skin and the importance of collagen support. (5)